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Welcome to the Introduction to Educational Design in Higher Education course. This course will help you to develop an understanding of the relationship between course objectives, learning outcomes, teaching and learning activities and assessment.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • describe established curriculum and learning design principles which support student learning in your context
  • identify the role of constructive alignment and the principles of assessment and relate them to your context.
  • compare and contrast learning design models
  • apply an integrated model to (re)design components of a course of study aligned to a program.

Course syllabus and information

Week 1: Introduction to what is design and the various models that can influence course design in higher education.

Week 2: Focus on curriculum alignment of program and course learning outcomes so that there is more cohesive course delivery and student learning experience. Assessment design will be discussed as part of this alignment process.

Further Study

The Introduction to Educational Design in Higher Education course is one of three (3) courses which are part of the program Foundations in University Learning & Teaching.

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This program offers a pathway to gaining admission to the University of New South Wales’ Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching (GCULT). When you complete all three courses in the program and attain a Certificate of Achievement for each course, you will be eligible to join a final assessment course that leads to the admission of the university’s GCULT accredited program. GCULT is offered in a blended learning mode, through the School of Education, UNSW.

Meet the team

The team teaching this course have backgrounds in the theory of pedagogy and learning as well as extensive experience with higher education teaching. Take some time now to visit our FutureLearn profiles using the links below and click the Follow button to be automatically updated with their comments.

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Associate Professor Marina Harvey Lead Educator
Kristin Turnbull Educator

Need some help?

To better understand the terminology used in this course, visit the Glossary of Terms.

If this is your first time taking a FutureLearn course, visit How it Works for extra support. If you have further questions about how this site works, take a look at the FutureLearn help pages, or click the grey question ‘support’ button at the bottom right corner of each page to seek help.

If you get stuck, is a separate step in Week 1, which the course team will closely monitor and respond to learner needs. You can access this Step to ask questions, at any stage throughout the course.

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When you are ready to begin, click the ‘Mark as complete’ pink button at the bottom of the step. This will update your Progress Page and help you track your steps. Click on the big > to move on to Step 1.2.

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Introduction to Educational Design in Higher Education

UNSW Sydney